By Raymond William Baker
Via all measures, the overdue 20th century was once a time of dramatic decline for the Islamic international, the Ummah, really its Arab heartland. Sober Muslim voices frequently describe their present kingdom because the worst within the 1,400-year background of Islam. but, accurately at present of exceptional fabric vulnerability, Islam has emerged as a civilizational strength robust adequate to problem the imposition of Western, relatively American, homogenizing strength on Muslim peoples. this can be the imperative paradox of Islam this present day: at a time of such remarkable weak spot in a single experience, how has the Islamic Awakening, a extensive and various stream of latest Islamic renewal, emerged as the sort of resilient and robust transnational strength and what implications does it have for the West? In One Islam, Many Muslims Worlds Raymond W. Baker addresses this question.
Two issues are transparent, Baker argues: Islam's unforeseen energy in fresh a long time doesn't originate from legitimate political, financial, or spiritual associations, nor can or not it's defined by means of focusing solely at the often-criminal assertions of violent, marginal teams. whereas extremists monopolize the overseas press and the scholarly journals, those that stay and paintings within the Islamic international be aware of that the majority of Muslims reject their reckless calls to violence and glance somewhere else for tips. Baker indicates that extremists draw their strength and aid no longer from contributions to the reinterpretation and revival of Islamic ideals and practices, yet from the hatreds engendered by way of faulty Western guidelines in Islamic lands. His persuasive research of the Islamic international identifies centrists because the revitalizing strength of Islam, asserting that they're answerable for developing a latest, cohesive Islamic id that may be a strength to be reckoned with.